1968 Summer Paralympics


1968 Summer Paralympics

Paralympics infobox
Name = III Paralympic Games

Host city = Tel Aviv, Israel [Although officially called the Tel Aviv Paralympics, the opening ceramony was conducted in Jerusalem and the games actually took place in Ramat Gan.]
Nations participating = 29
Athletes participating = 750
Officially opened by = Yigal Allon
Opening ceremony = November 4
Closing ceremony = November 13
Events = 181 in 10 sports
The 1968 Summer Paralympics were the third Paralympic Games to be held. They were originally planned to be held alongside the 1968 Summer Olympics in Mexico City, but in 1966, the Mexican government decided against it due to difficulties. The Israeli government offered to host the games in Tel Aviv, a suggestion that was accepted. The opening ceremony took pace in the Hebrew University stadium at the Givat Ram campus in Jerusalem and the games actually took place in Ramat Gan near Tel Aviv. The closing ceremony took place in the Tel Aviv Trade Center. Therefore, these games were the first in Paralympic history to not be held concurrently with the Olympic Games.

Sports

Lawn bowls was included in the program for the first time. In wheelchair basketball, a women's team event was added, as was a 100 m wheelchair race for men in athletics. [cite web |title=Tel Aviv 1968 |publisher=International Paralympic Committee |date=2008 |url=http://www.paralympic.org/release/Main_Sections_Menu/Paralympic_Games/Past_Games/Tel_Aviv_1968/index.html |accessdate=2008-08-06 ]

* Archery
* Dart archery
* Athletics
* Lawn bowls
* Snooker
* Swimming
* Table tennis
* Weightlifting
* Wheelchair basketball
* Wheelchair fencing

Medal table

Participating delegations

Twenty-eight delegations took part in the Tel Aviv Paralympics. [cite web |title= Medal Standings - Tel Aviv 1968 Paralympic Games |publisher=International Paralympic Committee |date=2008 |url=http://www.paralympic.org/release/Main_Sections_Menu/Sports/Results/paralympics_reports.html?type=medalstandings&games=1968PG |accessdate=2008-08-08]

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